Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR)


A Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) is a secure, electronic record of your medical history, stored and shared in a network of connected systems. The PCEHR could bring key health information from a number of different systems together and present it in a single view.

This idea is modeled after Australian NEHTA model and would basically outsource DoD EHR record keeping and storage to a cloud-based service provider. Military and VA would have full access to a member’s record and civilian providers accepting TRICARE would be required to upload documentation of medical treatment to the PCEHR. Creating a more complete medical record for service memebers and their dependents.

Information in a PCEHR will be able to be accessed by patients and their authorized healthcare providers.

With this information available to them, healthcare providers will be able to make better decisions about the patient’s health and treatment advice.

Capability for patients to contribute to their own information and add to the recorded information stored in their PCEHR should be incorporated to provide a 360 degree view of medical treatment.

***Having an eHealth record can make getting the right treatment faster, safer and easier:

  • faster, because doctors and nurses and other healthcare professionals won’t have to spend time searching for past treatment information

  • safer, because healthcare professionals can view important healthcare information, including any allergies and vaccinations and the treatment the patient received inside or outside of the DoD healthcare network

  • easier, because patients won’t have to remember the results of tests you’ve had, or all the medications you’ve been prescribed or hand-carry paper records to civilian providers

***Strict privacy and security measures can been applied to the eHealth record system.

eHealth records would be protected by:

*audit trails – for the first time patients can see who has looked at their medical record and when without needing to visit an MTF or create workload for patient administration services

*technology and data management controls

*security measures such as encryption, secure logins and passwords

**As people register for an eHealth record and as more healthcare organizations connect to the system, the better connected the patient’s health care providers will become and the better it will serve all service members and their families.

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